I often find myself referring to Ollie as my “Special Kiddo”. I love/hate this phrase because if taken the wrong way, it may sound like Taylor and Henry aren’t my “Special Kiddos.” And Lord knows… they are. They mean just as much to me as Ollie does. But in an effort to not always say “handicapped, mentally disabled, alter abled, delayed, etc…” I sometimes just say “Special.”
That word strikes a place in my heart that means “unique, gifted, one of a kind, lovable, different, and valuable.”
Yesterday we met a young boy named Dalton. It happened to be his birthday and he was at the mall playing with his little sister in the indoor play place. He noticed Ollie was trying to climb up on something to no avail and offered to help him. Time and time again I watched this young boy help Ollie get up and safely down the play structure. Then he’d ask him “What do you want to do next?” And Ollie would point and off they’d go. Together. Friends.
I’d categorize Dalton as a typicaly developing child like my other two. But I think and think and think about how to describe him. I kept wanting to say an angel or heaven sent or something like that. But none of those fit the exact description of what I was trying to capture.
Dalton was unique… gifted… one of a kind… lovable… different… and valuable… He made Ollie’s day simply by noticing him, playing with him, and helping him. He made my day by giving my back a break and offering some relief. He was Special.
The world feels dark and angry sometimes. The scary encounters we have with people can leave us feeling wounded and hurt. But meeting a Special Person can change your entire perception of the world.
Thank you Dalton for the hope you brought to our family with such a simple act of love.
I love the reminder that I can be Special to someone. I just might not ever know it. But let’s assume it’s possible to affect others like Dalton did to us.
Let’s all be Special to someone today and tomorrow… and then the next. Who knows, maybe someone can write a really catchy tune about what a wonderful world this is 🙂